Almost ready for the ground

1997 Jeep TJ Build


It was time to fill the wheel wells on Kevin’s  1997 Jeep TJ with 37″x12.5″ R15 Pit Bull Rocker Radials.

Here is the before picture


Here are the 37″ Pit Bulls




Running these tires off road means beefing up the axles. The low pinion Dana30 was upgraded to a high pinion Dana30 with an Artec Truss Kit, RCV Axles, 4.88 gears and a Yukon Zip Locker

RCV Axles

Front HP30 Artec Truss

Front Diff Going in

Almost ready for the ground

The rear Dana35 was swapped out with a Ford 8.8 with disc brakes. We upgraded the axled with a Yukon 88 kit that came with Chromo shafts and c-clip eliminators. We also installed a Karnage Fab Ford To Jeep TJ Bracket kit and ARB Air Locker

Front HP30 and Rear 8.8

Rear ARB 8.8

C-Clip Eliminator Kit

Out with the old

Rear Diff almost in

In order to use the air lockers an ARB Compressor and Smittybilt switch panel were installed

ARB Comprerssor


Now with larger tires and lockers, safety becomes a concern. A new roll cage was needed. We ordered in 140ft of 1.75″ x .120 wall DOM Tube to build the cage. With the help of Brandon from BLR Fabrication.

We started by stripping out the interior and factory cage

Getting ready for the cage

Next was cutting, bending, notching and tack welding.

Cage Coming along nicely

Custom dash mounts

Front Pillars2

I won’t be using the back seat in the TJ so, I figured it would be a good spot to mount the spare tire

Setting up Tire Mounting

Final welding was finished after fitting the cage

Welding out cage

Cage install

Touching UP cage

Wake board tower speakers were used to provide some sound.

Speaker pods

And this is how the TJ sits now.

Almost Done

A few things that still need upgrading are front and rear bumpers.